The Theater: Uncle Vanya Unwinds


The notion that fun and literacy can coexist is a proposition that U.S. theater audiences generally seem to view with unveiled skepticism. Many Americans regard a cultural evening as a therapeutic penance roughly comparable to a dose of cod-liver oil. All such gentry will be dazzled, enlightened and elated by Nicol Williamson's Late Show. Williamson looks like a kind of carbonated El Greco. He has a taut elongated body and funereal brows—yet an effervescent mirth, irony, mischief and intelligence emanate from every tone and gesture of this remarkable actor. In a limited engagement, after each evening's Broadway performance...

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